Is Windows 8 the Best Solution for You?

At LockerGnome.net, Mohamed Eassa writes:

Is Windows 8 a good operating system if I am a gamer and will also use it for listening to and managing my music? (I am now using Windows 7 Pro.)

I will also use IE10 for browsing and Chrome for hosting my website (I will make a new one this summer or before).

I really love the look of Windows 8 — it seems like it might be perfect for me.

I love full-screen browsing and apps, but I don’t know if Windows 8 will fulfill my needs and work well with my system (2 GB RAM, 3 GHz dual core Pentinum 4, 1 GB GPU, running Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1).

I’m browsing on IE10 and happy. I don’t care about using Metro without touch input.

Thanks for reading.

Windows 8It sounds like you’ve tried Windows 8 and enjoy the experience IE10 brings to the table. The good news is that IE10 is nearing final release for Windows 7 and should be available soon. So, whether you decide to make the upgrade or not, there won’t be much of a wait before you can experience some of the improvements made in Windows 8.

Your system specs aren’t exactly top notch, though Windows 8 didn’t add a lot in terms of specs demands over Windows 7. In fact, Windows 8 is designed to work on a much broader range of devices — including tablets.

Windows 8, unlike Windows Vista, is fairly rock solid for gaming. One of our contributors, Ryan Matthew Pierson, has been using Windows 8 almost exclusively since the Consumer Preview came out. He’s had a very positive experience since the primary release.

For me, Windows 8 has been a bit more of a frustrating series of events. I have very little patience for the schizophrenic user interface and half-baked experience. It’s like a child wearing a combination of two different super hero costumes, unsure of what he wants to be. You want to believe that Windows 8 has everything in place to take on its competition, but it just isn’t the right experience for everyone. Some love it; some don’t.

This is why I’d recommend trying Windows 8 on a separate partition or within a virtual machine before jumping into it with both feet. You can find out just how well Windows 8 would run on your machine without giving up your existing operating system to do so. Virtual machines are expected to be a bit less responsive and robust than a separate drive or partition, but it could help you grasp the general experience in the event that you have one drive available to you and no desire to risk partitioning.

You may also keep in mind that you really don’t need to upgrade to Windows 8 unless the full screen apps are a necessary part of your use. Everything else about Windows 8 can be accomplished in Windows 7, and many users prefer 7 over 8. It’s just a matter of personal preference when all is said and done. For most people, upgrading will be a matter of buying a new PC and having Windows 8 included with the purchase.

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